Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Project 4:4--Day Three Hundred Thirteen

Day Three Hundred Thirteen, Matt. 19-20, Matt. 26, Mark 10, Luke 18-19, John 11-12

Today's reading contains yet another example of the need to be willing to sacrifice in order to be a disciple of Jesus.  We have the story of a rich, young ruler who comes to Jesus, asking Him what one must do to be saved.  The man seems to be sincere in his questioning and in his willingness to do what Jesus asks of him.  

Until Jesus tells him he only lacks one thing:  to sell all his possessions and give to the poor, then come and follow Him.  

At this, the young man goes away sad, because he had great wealth that he was not willing to part with in order to follow Jesus.

This sparks some question/concern from Peter, who exclaims, "We have left everything to follow you!"  Jesus' response is reassuring, both to Peter, and to anyone else who would be His disciple, "Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life."

Brothers and sisters, He's worth it!

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